Tonglen Retreat: Developing the Courage of Heart and Mind
All levels. Tong len means taking on the suffering of others and giving them happiness. It is a practice that makes each breath an act of compassion and love, so even our breath becomes healing. One of the most practical, profound, and powerful of Buddha's teachings for rooting out that selfish side we all have that is the source of all our problems and developing the heart of compassion.
Jon Landaw author of Buddhism for Dummies, was born in Paterson, New Jersey, in 1944. He received his A.B. degree in English Literature from Dartmouth College in 1965 and spent three years teaching English as a Second Language with the Peace Corps in Iran (1966-69). He worked as English editor for the Translation Bureau of His Holiness the Dalai Lama in Dharamsala, India at the Library of Tibetan Works and Archives (1972-77) producing numerous texts under the guidance of Geshe Ngawang Dhargyey. As a student of Lama Yeshe and Lama Zopa Rinpoche since the mid-1970's, he has edited numerous works for Wisdom Publications, including "Wisdom Energy" and "Introduction to Tantra." He is also the author of "Prince Siddhartha," a biography of Buddha for children, and "Images of Enlightenment," published by Snow Lion in 1993. As an instructor of Buddhist meditation, he has taught in numerous Dharma centers throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, New Zealand and elsewhere. He currently lives in Capitola, California with his wife and three children.